Introduction to Global Politics

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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Introduction to Global Politics places an increased emphasis on the themes of continuity and change. It continues to explain global politics using an historical approach, firmly linking history with the events of today. By integrating theory and political practice at individual, state, and global levels, students are introduced to key developments in global politics, helping them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world.

This is a highly illustrated textbook with informative and interactive boxed material throughout. Chapter opening timelines contextualise the material that follows, and definitions of key terms are provided in a glossary at the end of the book. Every chapter ends with student activities, cultural materials, and annotated suggestions for further reading that now include websites.

Key updates for this edition:

    • New chapter on 'The causes of war and the changing nature of violence in global politics'
    • New chapter on 'Technology and global politics'
    • Enhanced coverage of theory including post-positivist theories
    • Uses ‘levels of analysis’ framework throughout the text
    • New material on the financial crisis, BRIC and Iran

Introduction to Global Politics continues to be essential reading for students of political science, global politics and international relations.


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Part II The past as prologue to the present
Part III Living dangerously in a dangerous world
Part IV Global actors and institutions
Part V Global issues
Part VI And tomorrow?

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About the author (2013)

Richard W. Mansbach is Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, USA. He is a former editor of International Studies Quarterly, Marshall Scholar, and three-times Fulbright Scholar.

Kirsten L. Rafferty is Assistant Professor of Government and International Studies at Berry College (Mount Berry, GA), USA.

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